Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team, coming off a season-ending 3-3 tie on the road with Bethel on October 22, will enter into the postseason following a long, nine-day layoff. And the Nighthawks are hopeful that the rest and wait will help and not hinder as the sixth-seeded Hawks visit No. 3 Weston in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, October 31, beginning at 2 pm. “It could be a blessing, and it could be dangerous,” Newtown Coach Marc Kenney said of the hiatus in game action.
Unbeaten in 11 straight games to close out the regular season, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team certainly couldn’t ask for much more momentum heading into the postseason, but the Nighthawks are doing anything but getting caught up in their own winning ways. “We’re not that team — we know who we are. We’re just going out and playing hard every game,” Newtown Coach Brian Neumeyer said.
South-West Conference tournament action begins for boys’ and girls’ soccer, field hockey, and volleyball this Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, and Monday, November 2. Newtown High School has representatives in each sport, two of which will host first-round games, with the other two going on the road. The postseason gets underway on Friday, with the boys’ soccer team, the third seed in the SWC, hosting No. 6 New Fairfield at 3:30 pm in the quarterfinals.
Newtown High School's boys' soccer team's game against Joel Barlow of Redding today, October 26, has been moved to the back practice field at NHS. It was originally scheduled to take place at Blue & Gold Stadium. Game time remains the same: 3:45 pm. The Nighthawks are looking to keep their ten-game unbeaten streak alive in their final contest before the start of postseason play.
Newtown native Laura (Oberstadt) Boardman, a four-year, two-sport athlete at Eastern Connecticut State University, who was named to eight regional all-star teams and helped her teams to seven postseason tournament appearances, has been selected for induction into the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame. Boardman started all possible 67 games in her four-year soccer career between 1988 and 1991 and was penciled into the starting lineup every game of her final two seasons in softball between 1990 and 1993. A midfielder in soccer, the 5-foot-7 athlete helped the Warriors to their first three postseason tournaments and as a catcher, was part of four post-season softball tournament qualifiers — the 1990 and 1991 teams reaching the national championship game, with the ’90 squad winning the program’s fifth title.
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. Newtown was one of 398 teams (150 boys, 248 girls) nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year.
Newtown High School’s football team improved to 6-0 with a 41-0 blanking of host Joel Barlow of Redding, on October 23; the Falcons fell to 1-5. The Nighthawks scored in a variety of ways to pull ahead 35-0 at halftime before coasting to victory. Quarterback Justin Dunn threw a touchdown pass to Ben Mason from 16 yards out, Jared Pearson found the end zone on a four-yard rush, and Ethan Carpenter earned pay dirt on a 61-yard punt return as Newtown built a 21-0 lead through one quarter of play.
Newtown High School’s soccer teams both tied Bethel 3-3 in South-West Conference battles, on October 22 — the girls on the road, and the boys at Blue & Gold Stadium in a Senior Night clash. This was the final conference game for both teams as they get ready for the upcoming SWC playoffs, although the boys have one regular-season game remaining — Joel Barlow of Redding visits Blue & Gold Stadium for a game that counts only in the state standings on Monday, October 26, beginning at 3:45 pm (Newtown edged Barlow 2-1 in their conference clash earlier this fall).
NYA Sports & Fitness Center and Newtown’s Commission on Aging recently unveiled a series of programs for residents age 50 and over. The new initiative is supported by a large body of evidence that links planned exercise with good health and longevity. On Wednesday, October 28, at 11 am, Patrick T. Fisher, executive director of Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc, will offer an informational seminar on the 2016 Connecticut Masters Games.